Biography of John J. Graves

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Graves, John J., Buffalo, son of John S., and Katharine (Van Wie) Graves, was born in July, 1840, in Albany, N. Y., where his father was a manufacturer. He attended the public schools, learned the trade of stove designing and in August, 1861, enlisted in Co. F, 44th N. Y. Vols. (Ellsworth Avengers). He participated in all the battles to the Wilderness and to the close of his three years term of enlistment; the last year he had charge of a camp of troops and deserters in Rhode Island and was mustered out as a sergeant. Returning to Albany he followed his trade there and in other cities in the East for several years, and in 1887 came to Buffalo, where he has since been connected with the S. S. Jewett stove foundry, the largest manufacturers of stoves and ranges in Western New York. For four years he had charge of one of the departments and since then has been the general superintendent. He is senior vice-commander of Bidwell-Wilkeson Post No. 9. G A. R., and a member of the American Legion of Honor, the Odd Fellows and the Knights of Pythias, passing through all the chairs in the latter lodges to the Grand Lodges. His only son, W. R. Graves, is bookkeeper for the S. S. Jewett Company.


Source:
Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898

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